MIWD braces for El Niñ0

Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) Office in Iloilo City
Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) Office in Iloilo City

Measures are in place for mitigating effects of El Niño on water supply, according to the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).

MIWD Information Officer Olive Ledesma said they have been tasked by Administrator Andres Ibarra of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to implement a plan of action as a response to drought.

Among the activities MIWD is undertaking now are the fast tracking of the completion of the line from Leganes, Iloilo to Ungka, Jaro, to allow the undelivered 9,000 water cubic meter per day by its bulk water supplier, the Flo Water Resources, Inc., including the 3,285,000 cum of accumulated undelivered water for the last two years.

Engineer Edgar Calasara, chief, MIWD Production Department, said there are some 35,322 service connections which consume about 1 cubic meter of water each day.

“On extreme dry months, the demand doubles per day per consumer,” Calasara said.

He said that surface water source supply coming from the dam and processed at the treatment plant will be reduced by about 2/3 at the height of the dry months.

The plant will only be able to produce 20,000 cum from the usual 29,000 cum, according to Calasara.

Other measures which the MIWD is undertaking now also include dredging of the silted river pathway from the headwater source in Maasin to restore original river pathways destroyed by Typhoon Frank in 2008 and repair of leakages alongside monitoring teams whose job is just to detect leakages.

Ledesma said that on top of linkages with provincial and barangay officials especially in service areas, is MIWD’s intensified campaign against illegal users of water as well as dissemination of information on water conservation techniques.

“Our Administrative and General Services Department are also processing the procurement of tankers and vehicles needed for water rationing as needed,” Ledesma said.

Moreover, the MIWD has created a Committee on Climate Change to focus on the remedies and immediate action to address adverse effects of El Niño.